Category: Book

Dunedin flat names survey results

I’ve just emailed the FB group with a brief summary of the results from the recent straw-poll survey. There were 168 response to the survey. The total number of those who could have taken part is not known as the link to the survey was posted in a couple of places. At the time of the survey the FB group had approximately 580 members. There are now 621. This summary only reports the quantitative results.

72% had lived in a named flat.
42% had named a flat.

Why do people name flats?
76% It’s a bit of fun.
46% It says something about the people who live there.
57% It’s a tradition.
22% It enhances the status of the people in the flat.
26% It’s important to some student subcultures.
74% It’s part of the overall Dunedin ‘scarfie’ culture.
54% It creates an identity for the people who live in that flat.
84% think it’s important some kind of record is kept of flat names.

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Reading and writing

I’m trawling though heaps of articles from the ODT, thanks to their digital archive – what a resource. I’m mostly reading about rent increases and OUSA educating the student body to hang back and not leap into signing leases too early. Apparently this year, their voice was making a difference in the housing market.

Web 2.0 and its influence on this project

Thanks to Flickr and more so, Facebook, this project has become a possbility.

When my two colleagues and I were working on our assignment for the print culture exhibition pitch back in 2000/2001, there was a lot of discussion about how to present this as an exhibiton to the public. I was keen to have a web based database for both promotional and information gathering purposes as a component of the exhibition.

I recently came across an email I’d written to my colleagues about this. We’d decided against the web based element because the general public had limited access at the time.

“The web thing immediately sprang to mind, I guess because it’s a fun media to work with, but for the public it’s not that accessible and they’re really our audience.” Email 15 February 2001, 8.46am.

Technology has moved on fast! I set up the groups on Flickr and  Facebook in November 2007.